Gallagher’s Bakery in Donegal has scooped three ‘Free From Food Awards’ for its gluten free cakes.
The annual FreeFrom Food Awards celebrate manufacturers who respond to gluten free, dairy free and wheat free and other allergy requirements in the market.
The Donegal-based Aran Ard Teoranta in Ardara, trading as Gallagher’s Bakery, won two awards for cakes sold in Aldi. They took home a Silver award for their Foodie Market Gluten Free Madeira Cake and a Bronze prize for their Gluten Free Coffee Cake.
The company’s Just Free Madeira Cake, sold in Lidl, also won Silver in the Cakes category.
The FreeFrom Food awards are judged by panels comprised of industry specialists, food writers, food bloggers and consumers of FreeFrom products. Judges carry out a blind assessment of each product, judging on the quality of flavour, aroma, texture, ingredients, price and importantly their FreeFrom declarations.
John Burke, founder of the FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland said: “Congratulations to all of our winners this year, the Awards continue to grow and develop and over the past five years we have seen many indicators of how the market is evolving and we are thrilled to encourage the development and growth of freefrom.
“We get to give the consumer feedback to the entrants which can help them to tailor their products, from packaging to labelling, letting them know what works for those who have dietary needs. This can only impact positively on the sales of the products and that is what we love to see as coeliacs and as food lovers. We want to see inclusivity increase, especially when it comes to labelling and indicating how many freefrom diets one product can safely cater for.”